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RAFT Commanding URGENTLY needed



* We still URGENTLY need a command station in the 
* Southern USA From Arizona to Georgia, or from Texas 
* to 40 deg or so N.LAT to command RAFT.

See Map:
http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/craft/save-raft.html

Reentry is in 8 days and we still need to perform this Radar
Fence test.  Passes are uncomfortably between 2 and 4 AM.  I am
preparing a web page as fast as I can so that I don't have to
answer as many emails.  Here is the WEB page (work in progress).
But at least it now has a MAP of where stations can be.

If you have a good 2m beam station with preamp and are in the
footprint as shown above, then check the web page later this
evening as the web page develops and start getting ready if you
think you can do it.  We really need an all hands effort here.

Thanks
Bob, WB4APR
US Naval Academy Satellite Lab


> -----Original Message-----
> From: amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org 
> [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces@amsat.org] On Behalf Of Robert
Bruninga
> Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 6:15 PM
> To: amsat-bb@amsat.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb] RAFT Packet Operator assistance
Desparately needed
> 
> We desperately need some AMSAT OSCAR class stations in the
> Central USA to complete the RAFT radar fence test ASAP. 
> 
> Deorbit is in the next two weeks, much earlier than previous
> predictions, and so we will not get another comfortable
evening
> pass window.  Prime passes now are occurring around 4 AM and
> moving earlier (sorry).  Before, we asked for Southern USA.
Now
> we realize that someone in most central states have command
> potential.  Anyone within about 1000 miles E/W of North Texas
or
> 600 miles north and south are ideal!
> 
> Station requirements:
> 1) OSCAR class tracking 2m beam for up/downlink 145.825
> 2) Standard AX.25 1200 baud packet
> 3) Simple HYPERTERM text commanding
> 4) Familiarity with TNC's and TNC commanding
> 5) Prepared to record 1 minute of audio heard on downlink
> 
> Unfortunately I am going to Dayton this weekend, but we have
to
> really be ready for this next week and get this test done.
None
> of the principals involved in this design can do it because we
> all live too far away from the 216.98 MHz RADAR fence
> transmitter in North Texas.
> 
> See WEB:  http://www.ew.usna.edu/~bruninga/ande-raft-ops.html
> 
> Thanks, WB4APR, Bob
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 1:23 PM
> Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] RAFT Packet Operator assistance needed
> 
> We only have 7 days left in this operating period and really
do
> need a good OSCAR station in the Southern USA in a line from
AZ
> to GA to conduct this test of RAFT flying through the 80
> megawatt radar transmitter beam originated in north Texas.
> 
> There is only one viable pass per day per command station
> location in the early evening....  The trick is to command the
> satellite to turn on its downlink carrier and Radar receiver
> exactly 30 seconds prior to passing
> through the fence and then having an audio recorder running to
> "hear" (record) the tone when we pass through the radar beam.
> 
> Commands are a simple CONNECT XXXX at the cmd: propt, then an
> exchange of passwords, and then sending a simple typed command
> at the right time.
> 
> RAFT can he HEARD just fine on ALL FIVE passes leading up to
> this last pass per day, so you can test your RECEIVE
capability
> on any pass, but can only command in the dark (due to
> overcharging on batteries makes uplink receier deaf)...
> 
> If anyone can conduct this test please let us know.  Only one
> person per pass can attempt this, so we want the best gun at
the
> stick.  Fully conversent at the TNC "cmd:" prompt and
preerably
> with experimence with the KPC3+ remote-sysop command mode.
> 
> Bob, WB4APR
> USNA Satelite Lab
> 
> 
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 12:32 PM
> > Subject: [amsat-bb] RAFT Packet Operator assistance needed
> > 
> > > We need AMSAT operator help with the RAFT satellite 
> > > Test.  We need somone with a 2m beam and familiarity 
> > > with packet that lives in the Southern USA from 
> > > Arizona to Georgia (AZ, NM, TX, OK, MS, ALA, GA).
> > >
> > > RAFT is past its mission life time half-way point, 
> > > and we have not been able to find anyone in the above 
> > > footprint to help us conduct the primary mission which 
> > > was for the satellite to detect its own passing through 
> > > the DOD's radar fence.  When it flies through the 
> > > North American Space-Object fan beam, we should hear 
> > > about 1 second tone that anyone can hear on the downlink.
> > >
> > > Due to its low orbit and small footprint, turning on 
> > > the Radar Transponder can only be done in the shared 
> > > footprint between the radar transmitter in North Texas 
> > > and the command station.  The ideal command station has
> > > these atributes:
> > >
> > > 1) Lives in AZ, NM, TX, OK, AK, LA, MS, AL, GA, W.FLA
> > > 2) A reasonable 2m beam for ops on 145.825
> > > 3) A packet TNC
> > > 4) Familiar with dumb-terminal TNC operations such as
> > >   A. Connections, Converse, UNPROTO, etc
> > >   B. Remote sysop logon to a Kantronics TNC
> > >
> > > The objective of these southern command stations is to
> > > logon, send the command to activate the RAFT Radar 
> > > receiver for 1 minute in anticipation of passing 
> > > through the fence.  Then hopefully recording any audio 
> > > heard on the downlink (145.825).  Of course, once the 
> > > radar receiver is on, everyone in the footprint should 
> > > be able to hear it.
> > >
> > > For info, see the ANDE-RAFT operations page:
> > > http://eng.usna.navy.mil/~bruninga/ande-raft-ops.html
> > >
> > > Several AMSAT hams built this tiny Radar receiver as a
> > > possible common device for all future HAMsats, and we 
> > > would like to get feedback on its performance.  But 
> > > they all live up North.  If you have a beam and 
> > > familiarity with TNC's please let us know.
> > >
> > > Bob, WB4APR.
> > > US Naval Academy Satellite Lab
> 
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